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Midland Railway - Butterley, Ripley

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The Midland Railway – Butterley is a heritage railway at Butterley, near Ripley in Derbyshire.OverviewThe Midland Railway – Butterley lies on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge Line of the old Midland Railway, although the present-day heritage line terminates at Hammersmith. The line currently runs for 3+1/2mi from Hammersmith via Butterley, Swanwick Junction, and Riddings to Ironville. It is operated by the Midland Railway Trust.The railway is also home to the narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1991 and partially lies on the trackbed of a former plateway built by the Butterley Company in 1813 to connect its iron works facilities in Butterley and nearby Codnor Park.Stations of the MR (Butterley)HammersmithButterley - Headquarters of the Midland Railway (Butterley)Swanwick JunctionRiddings (run-round loop, currently no platform at present, Ironville Junction close by, Current terminus of the 'MR (B)', until further notice).
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  • Excellent day out for any enthusiast or family the volunteers are very friendly and helpful they need all the donations they can to keep this place running for all the hard work they do we enjoyed eve...  more »
  • Very disappointed with our visit today feel we wasted our money. Firstly there were no steam engines running. The next thing was the 11am train did not leave until 11.40am. Next it stopped at the firs...  more »
  • We visited on a cold, snowy February day but still managed to spend 3.5 hours enjoying the visit. A ride on the historic train was interesting but we had free reign to explore the workshops and exhibi...  more »
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  • A bit over priced for what is there. Considering the staff are volunteers and it receives no additional funding it's not bad. My children loved the train ride and the museum. It's a shame they don't get any money from the lottery or something like so that it could be better because there is so much missed potential.
  • Took my boys to the firework display and it was brilliant, lots of things to do, highly recommended.
  • Great afternoon out for the family. Don't know who had more fun, myself of the children.
  • A nice little historic railway. It's a bit rough around the edges but that's understandable as run by volunteers as a charity. There's loads to see - narrow gauge railway, model railway, static engines, road transport etc... and loads of rolling stock. The West Shed - The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust - is also on site. The line is short but they optimise the journey by taking you to the engine end swap point at each end of the line. They make the most of what they have.
  • The Railway was old delapidated and falling apart only worthy of 3 stars But Swanwick(Pronounced Swannick) Junction Complex was amazing it was so big and interesting that with a ride on the GVLR i had no time to explore it all! Saw L150 for the 5th time this year-wonderful center,tho railway is a bit dissapointing